This scenic part of Girramay National Park features lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests as well as secluded beaches with island views. The park's swamps are flooded by wet season rains flowing from coastal ranges, and, as the flood waters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the tea-trees. This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.... more
Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the beach to the mouth of Wreck Creek (5 kilometre return). Birdwatch and have a picnic at Rockingham Bay day-use area with views of 13 offshore islands. Walk the newly-replaced boardwalk through a mangrove forest still recovering from a cyclone. Visit the Arthur Thorsborne Aboretum near the park entrance for a shady picnic and discover local rainforest plants along the short, wheelchair-accessible loop track.... less
Children are welcome.
The toilet and the unsealed track from the carpark to the Rockingham Bay day-use area are wheelchair accessible with assistance.
How To Get There
Turn off the Bruce Highway four kilometres north of Cardwell and drive one kilometre along Clift Road to the park entrance. From here the road is unsealed and often narrow and winding. Caravans should be left outside the park. The road continues another three kilometres to the Rockingham bay day-use area near the beach. Drive carefully—walkers are sometimes on the road. The road can be slippery or flooded in the wet season. Driving on the beach is prohibited.
Cardwell and the surrounding area have a tropical climate. Summer can be very hot and humid with maximum temperatures reaching over 35 degrees Celsius. During the 'wet season' from December to April, there are heavy, frequent downpours. During the cooler, drier months from May to September, the weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity.
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